Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi: 1st Iranian Woman Minister

Friday, September 04, 2009


Iranian Parliament has been approved the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Thursday, September 3, 2009. The first Iranian woman minister endorsed is Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi. The woman with a hardline conservative background would be served as health minister.

As quoted from the BBC, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi became one of 18 nominations for the new cabinet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Two other women, including the rejected candidates. BBC correspondent reported, in the past Marzieh was filed a separate health care proposals in Iran, women caring for women and men caring for men.

Two women who rejected are Fatemeh Ajorlou, as minister of welfare and social security and Sousan Keshavarz as minister of education. The third candidate who was rejected is the candidate for energy minister proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mohammad Aliabadi. Ahmadinejad had three months to find their replacement candidate who did not qualify.

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad's choice for Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, received strong support from the parliament. Vahidi is a former leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and one of six former and current Iranian officials sought by Interpol for the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center in 1994.
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